The Home Secretary, Theresa May, responded to an Urgent Question from Shadow Home Secretary, Yvette Cooper, in the House of Commons on Tuesday 2 September 2014, on child sex abuse following the independent inquiry by Alexis Jay into child exploitation in Rotherham.
Independent Inquiry into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham
The independent inquiry was commissioned by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council in October 2013. The report by Alexis Jay OBE was published on 21 August 2014.
About Urgent Questions
At times MPs may want to put an urgent question to a Minister. If a matter of public importance has arisen, which an MP believes requires an immediate answer from a government minister, they may apply to the Speaker to put forward such a question.
The relevant government department would be informed at once.
If the Speaker agrees, the question will be asked after that day’s Question Time.
Once the MP has asked the main question, they are allowed to ask a supplementary question. Other MPs will then be called to ask further questions on the same subject.
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